Spellbound

A classic, dark and romantic tale from the Ramayana retold in a stunning new way, using a combination of projected shadow theatre featuring beautifully choreographed classical Indian dance (Bharatanatyam), accompanied by puppetry, theatrical narration, large fiery effects and with pyrotechnic punctuation throughout.

Written, directed by Nick Clarke

Commissioned by Manchester Indian Association
Created by Walk The Plank
Supported by Arts Council England's Strategic Touring Fund
Produced by Liz Pugh

Production Management: Sam Gabb
Design: Sarah Oxley and Gwen Williams
Music Director: KC
Lighting Design: Aidan Lesser

Show Caller: Mariel Bunnage
Pyro Design: Peter Finegan

Fire drawing: Peter Mountain

Technician: Aidan Lesser, Chris Whitewood, Matt Poole

Crew: Peter Bamford, Malki Miller, Dave Turner, Simon Williams
Narrator: Rani Moorthy / Bharti Patel 

Cast: Bhagya lakshmi, Manuella Benini, Kali Chandrasegaram, Christiane Stroubakis, Bhavin Bhatt, Urvashi Patel, Hiten Mistry, Hina Chavda, Prem Rai, Uday Sodhiya, Marie-Lousie Crawley, Santosh Menon, Sejal Sharma, Ria Meera Munshi, Khavita Kaur, Garima Singhal, Revanta Sarabhai, Navraj Gill, Jessica Patel, Jayne Smith, Cid Shaha, Kousalyaa Soma, Karen Watts, Priya Shrikumar, Jayan Kumar, Swarup Menon, Suchismitha Ganguly, Sonia Chandaria

Project Partners: ArtsEkta (Belfast Mela), Edinburgh Mela, Leicester City Council, London Mela, Bradford City Council, Artrix, Watermans Arts Centre, Belgrave Community Centre, Dance Ihayami, Hull Freedom Festival, Indigo Moon Theatre, Creative Scene, Punjabi Roots Academy, Pagrav Dance Company. 

Spellbound, Belfast Mela. Image courtesy of ArtsEkta
Spellbound - Walk The Plank